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10 Things you might not know about Marilyn Monroe

  1.  As a child, Norma Jeane Baker (Marilyn Monroe) lived in an orphanage and had 11 sets of foster parents, after her mother Gladys was institutionalized.

  2. Although she famously sang “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” in reality Monroe wasn’t into expensive jewelry. All the jewelry she owned was costume, expect for a diamond ring and a strand of pearls given to her by her second husband, Joe DiMaggio.

  3. Monroe made Joe DiMaggio promise to leave flowers on her grave every week if she died before him. He kept his promise and had half-dozen red roses delivered three times a week to her crypt for 20years.

  4. She Made Ella Fitzgerald a Star. 

  5. Marylyn Monroe was only paid fifty dollars for the famous nude photographs that appeared in Playboy magazine. 

  6. Her famous dresses are now worth fortunes. The skin tight dress that she wore when she sung happy birthday song to John F. Kennedy sold for over one million dollars in 1999 and her white dress from the movie ‘The Seven Year Itch’, sold for a staggering 4.6 million in 2011.

  7.   Monroe converted to Judaism after marrying playwright Arthur Miller.

  8.  She almost chose the screen name of Jean Adair before settling on Marilyn Monroe.

  9. She was one of the first women to own her own production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions. The company released only one movie though, The Prince and the Showgirl (1957).

  10. After her breakup with Miller, Frank Sinatra gave Monroe a Maltese terrier to help her feel better. She named it Maf (short for Mafia Honey).

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